Alan Kearns, Canada's Career Coach and CareerJoy founder, Globe & Mail career expert, Chapters/Indigo Trusted Advisor and author of Get the Right Job Right Now! is one of Canada's leading authorities on career management issues. As founder, president and head coach of Canada's career coaching company, Alan has shaped his almost 20 years of career management experience into a company that helps people from all over North America to navigate a wide variety of career-related issues.
Having been educated as an optician, Alan himself made a career transition when he leapt into the recruitment field and founded TalentLab, a recruitment agency. A few years later when he recognized that professionals need unbiased advice and tools to manage their careers, he founded CareerJoy.
Voted one of the Top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40, Alan is a regular contributor to Canadian media
on the latest trends in the Canadian workforce, he has been on a number of shows including, Till Debt Do U$ Part, Princess, Canada AM, BT, The National & The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He is the career expert on the O Network reality show - Million Dollar Neighbourhood. As host of the country's top rated career Podcast
, CareerJoy Conversations, he interviews high-profile career gurus, ranging from John Stanton, founder of The Running Room, to Jim Citrin, best-selling author of The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.
Alan is a highly sought after guest speaker
at organizations and conferences in Canada, where he enlightens employers and employees on all topics related to professionals and their careers.
Kevin has over 20 years of business experience as a leader and entrepreneur in the high technology sector. He has held senior management positions in Sales, Business Development and Operations. Before joining CareerJoy, Kevin served as Vice President of Business Development for Overlay.TV. Prior to Overlay.TV, Kevin was Vice President of Global Sales for Lumenera Corporation. Leading up to Lumenera, Kevin served as CEO and Co-founder of Zequra Technologies and CEO of Oursoftware Ltd. In 2003 Kevin was the recipient of the “Top Forty under 40” awarded by the Ottawa Business Journal for his commitment to professional excellence and contributions to the community. Kevin holds an MBA from McMaster University and a BA in Mathematics from Queens University. Kevin is a world-class skier and always manages to find the best deals on hotels.
Jill has a doctorate level degree (Ed.S) in Community Counseling as well as an MA in Community Counseling and an MA in International Development. Jill has spent almost two decades as both a career counsellor/coach and a HR professional working in Universities, government agencies and in the private sector in both Canada and the United States. Her extensive career includes working as both a career counsellor at noted universities, including Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, The George Washington University, and American University and as an internal recruiter and career coach for Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, LLP, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. As an HR professional, her expertise includes recruiting, talent management and training and development. Coaching individuals who seek assistance in finding an authentic and meaningful career and life has been Jill’s most recent focus.
George has over 30 years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and leader in the high technology sector. He has led sales teams in the fast-paced Internet start-ups sector to management positions in Operations, HR and Business Development. George has worked with companies from Fortune 100 to start-ups for their recruitment and staffing needs. In addition, he has personally hired hundreds of staff for employers such as IBM, PWC, Telus and other small to medium size companies. George was Director of Sales and VP Business Development for NetNation, a then publicly traded company on NASDAQ. Employees and management have described George as decisive and leading by example.
Catherine brings a coaching and teaching approach grounded in self-knowing, empowerment, resilience and broad-based life skills development. Her experience teaching in highly respected business schools has made her an expert in active learning and program design and helped her hone her philosophy of designing learning and growth environments to spark in-depth personal reflection and self-connection. With an educational background encompassing commerce, industrial engineering and life skills degrees and diplomas, and a career which has placed her in a series of crucial decision-making positions, Catherine has developed a unique insight into business processes and personal achievement. She strives to share her expertise with her clients to assist them in marrying career success with personal fulfillment.
Sandra has more than 15 years of private and public sector experience in a variety of learning, leadership and management roles. This includes service in the retail, financial and health care industries. Sandra coaches executives, newly appointed leaders and professionals who seek to expand their influence repertoire and pursue their professional goals. Her coaching has focused on leadership and team development, effective communication, emotional intelligence, career transition and 360 feedback results. Sandra Bobkin holds a Masters in Adult Education and Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science, with a specialty in psychiatry. She has used her expertise in psychology, neuroscience and leadership to help professionals understand their behavioural impact as it applies to relationships and performance both at work and in life.
Peggy has enjoyed a 20 year career in the Canadian television industry. Now working with CareerJoy, Peggy provides career coaching and professional development for professionals who are looking to make a meaningful transition in their lives. Peggy brings to her position years of academic training in the counseling field. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy (University of Toronto) and she has an M.Ed from OISE in the Counseling Psychology Program for Community and Educational Settings. Her post-graduate studies were primarily focused on career and solution-focused counseling.
Kim has over 20 years of corporate experience training and coaching clients including RBC Financial, TD Bank Financial Group, Purolator, HSBC Securities, Standard Life, ACS and Buck Consultants and Aviva Canada. She has been an instructor and trainer at Seneca College. As a stress management and life skills coach Kim implements wellness programs and challenges clients to be aware of their current patterns and initiate a new way of being that brings them lasting success. She is passionate about serving others and helping individuals and organizations facilitate changes and she brings a holistic approach to change and personal development.
Emily Koolen - CHRP, BA Psychology Director | CareerJoy Certified Career Coach
Emily is an energetic, outgoing person who loves to challenge and be challenged both in her career and her life. Her extensive background in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Consulting spans various sectors and industries. Emily has advised, coached and engaged all levels of employees, including senior executives, to develop and change and has built, from the ground up, several human resources departments and organizations in the process. Emily completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Queen’s University and then went on to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Humber College. She holds the Certified Human Resources Professional designation and is very involved in local and provincial Human Resources groups. She is an active volunteer with various organizations in her community and treasures her time with her two kids and husband who make her smile every day.
Nicola has always been a motivator-at-heart. With her Bachelors of Education and Masters degree, Nicola has been teaching for over 9 years in post-secondary education and has been involved in Career Coaching for 6 years. Originally from Northern Ireland, Nicola got her first taste of Canada while completing a teacher exchange from Belfast to Saskatoon. From there on in, Nicola was hooked on exploring new adventures, new surroundings, and new careers; she volunteered in India and Costa Rica and worked as a computer programmer in the Hi-Tech Industry for 5 years in Dublin, Saskatoon and Calgary, in telecommunications, and oil and gas. However, her love for encouraging people brought her back to teaching at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary...and to CareerJoy.
Suzanne earned her Professional Masters in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1999. Her experience as an occupational therapist was largely devoted to Vocational Evaluation, particularly for individuals experiencing career transitions as a result of injury, illness, or for the purpose of exploring more meaningful career options. Given this experience, Suzanne has gained a wide breadth of knowledge of various assessment tools and methods in order to create unique profiles that include individual educational and employment histories, transferable skills, interests, values, aptitudes, and strengths and abilities. While working closely with her clients, such profiles were viewed within the context of relevant labour market conditions and trends in order to assist her clients in setting realistic career goals.
Kevin was a Project Manager with Nortel Ottawa when, in the midst of massive lay-offs, he was handed his “opportunity” for a career transition after 16-years of service. While it was the end of an era, he embraced the change. “I had to hide the grin on my face when they were breaking the news to me," he recalls. I saw this as an opportunity to explore some different avenues and possibly try something new and exciting”. With some career coaching and plenty of self-exploration, Kevin decided to leave the hi-tech industry behind. Following his passion, he founded a music agency. As a music manager and agent, Kevin discovered that his skills are directly transferable to CareerJoy. As a career coach, he continues to explore the passions of our clients and has particular skill when it comes to writing bios and marketing skills.
As a grade school teacher, Priscilla knew she wasn’t standing in her passion. After many twists and turns, she finally found a path that brings her excitement and challenges. With a background in education and psychology, Priscilla brings the skills and knowledge she has acquired through the years into her sessions when coaching clients. She believes that in order to find a fulfilling career – it is important to: improve one’s personal well-being; identify the answers to questions that might be creating confusion; and, to push aside and overcome fears and personal obstacles.
Tara Wheeldon CareerJoy Certified Analyst, Career and Resume Coach
Tara is an experienced veteran of the career and employment services field. With ten years experience in diverse settings, she has excellent knowledge of the differences in job markets in big cities, small towns and rural communities. She has a Master’s degree in Counselling with a focus on Career Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She works with adults experiencing mid-career transitions, as well as groups with specialized needs, such as youth, New Canadians, and people living with disabilities. Having been through a couple of lay-offs herself, she has insight into the feelings her clients are experiencing.
Janet has an MSW from Dalhousie and is a skilled career coach and therapist with over 10 years experience in assessment and counselling. Her passion is to assist others on their journey of healing, growth and personal development. Her ecclectic skill set is tailored to meet specific needs of clients. Empathy, warmth, compassion and exceptional clinical skills are hallmarks of this professional. Her approach is guided by a core belief in the capacity of others for growth and transformation when given a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Buddho is a Thai word which means: "To awaken and purify." Any counseling or exploration work naturally involves an awakening or purification of sorts. With greater self awareness and acceptance we are all free to be more fully ourselves, more alive.
Two things Debora cannot live without are pen and paper. An award-winning photojournalist, Debora has written breaking news and quirky human interest stories for newspapers, as well as for corporate and military magazines. She recently left the world of journalism to grow strawberries on the family farm, but gets her writing itch scratched by composing resumes which she thoroughly enjoys. When penning resumes, Debora makes absolute sure to focus on the client's specific needs. When not helping clients market themselves better (and when not indulging in her weakness – dark chocolate), this avid runner can be found hitting the pavement in her neighbourhood.
Tudor credits the adventure of becoming a mother with giving her the strength and courage to take the big (and somewhat intimidating) step of writing for a living. She feels her degrees in English Literature and Journalism and years of accumulated experience in the publishing industry are being put to good use every time she sees her work in print. Tudor enjoys writing anything that tells a story and considers resumes to be the ultimate “short story” of a person’s life. When not crafting resumes or magazine features, Tudor is engaged in embracing her second childhood as she experiences life through the eyes of her two little boys
After eight years plodding through her legal career, Amy decided to try doing something she loved for a change: writing. Since leaving her practice, Amy's been actively writing full-time. She is also studying the art of writing in its many forms at both the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Amy's passionate about the idea of 'doing what you love' for a living and she's thrilled to be able to use her writing skills to help others achieve this same goal.
Gena's entire 20-year career has been spent at community newspapers, from a cub reporter in Manotick to the owner of a small weekly newspaper in Lanark, Ont. In that time, she's had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing many people from all walks of life, learned their stories, and shared those stories to the reading public. She's following the same path with CareerJoy – taking clients' career histories, turning them into compelling stories and offering them to potential employers.
With a combined 20 years experience in the areas of operations, HR, business development, sales management, recruitment, staffing, training, coaching, networking, event planning & promotion, Tara's passion lies in connecting people to the services they need. After completing a BA in Psychology & Criminology, Tara began her career with Ottawa-based staffing firm excel Human Resources. She launched the firm's presence (as altis Human Resources) in Toronto in 1996, and as VP/Regional Director, Site Development & Operations, helped grow the organization to three locations within the GTA and one in Vancouver, BC (where she lived for a short, but glorious 3 months!). After 17 years in the staffing industry and needing a change, Tara completed CareerJoy's Career Identity Program and decided to relocate back to the Ottawa area and test out the world of self-employment. She launched the Ottawa chapter of the momcafé Network, a networking group focused on connecting local professional moms, operating the chapter for two years. Now part of the CareerJoy team, Tara enjoys introducing new organizations and individuals to our multitude of services.
Director, Client Development
Over fifteen years of human resources and client relationship management experience. Mainly within the human resources industry, including all staffing and recruitment functions, training, coaching and development of new employees, leadership, human resources administration and quality control. Lara's strong interpersonal skills, combined with commitment and ability to follow through on projects has been integral in retaining and growing relationships with key clientele.
Tim has over 15 years of work experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He has spent much this time working in the higher education field as an enrolment management professional and when not doing that, working in business development in industries as varied as Fair Trade coffee to entrepreneurial coaching. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Stephen’s University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Susan’s eclectic educational and career background tells the story of a curious and adaptable person, a problem solver at heart. She has over 25 years’ experience in the finance industry, including bookkeeping, financial analysis,and as a mutual fund specialist. She transitioned from working for a large US corporation, to helping smaller firms at very different stages of growth. At the same time, this self-proclaimed “city girl” moved back to Canada and settled in a small village nestled between the Gatineau River and Hills. With a Master’s in History and English from Johns Hopkins University, she brings a love of words and ideas to her work. She indulged her creative drive by returning to art school as an adult, and discovered printmaking. Printmaking is a detailed expression of an idea or feeling using a variety of media. Susan brings those talents to the mix of responsibilities in her role at CareerJoy.